InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 7 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM I - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleTidal energy supply chains: do you want to dip your toe in the water?
Primary AuthorRachel Mason-Jones, University of South Wales
Other Author(s) Andrew Thomas; Paul Davies; Allan Mason-Jones; Tim O'Doherty; Daphne O'Doherty
Pages 825 - 838
Article ID sdm14-078
Publication Date 01-May-16

The Research and Design of technology for tidal turbines is well established and at the point for many companies where systems need to go in the water. Therefore, the industry sector needs to change from a primarily technology research and development stage to a manufacturing and delivery stage. This however requires the supply chain to have the available capacity to ramp up supply in order to meet the demand needed for sufficient systems to be operational. Thus, a critical mass can be established generating the needed levels of energy to ensure a sustainable platform. The difficulty lies in establishing supply chain readiness with sufficient capacity in a relatively short period of time. This research looks at three key areas: those companies that currently engage in the tidal supply chain; those that have but not in any great capacity; and (arguably more important for growth) those that currently do not engage but feel they have something to offer. This paper looks at potential adaptiveness of company's products and services and their willingness to engage in the tidal supply chain i.e. diversifying their strategy and attitudes to risk.
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